In an era of increased misunderstanding of the world’s Muslim community, Notre Dame recently launched a Quran Seminar project to encourage constructive new commentary on the Islamic faith’s holiest text. Project co-founder Mehdi Azaiez said the year-long Quran Seminar will draw numerous leading Muslim scholars and intellectuals from around the globe to offer their insight on 50 central Quranic passages. Azaiez said a main goal of the project is to demonstrate how new commentaries on the Quran’s biblical subtext help uncover the richness of its discourse. “The work of the Quran Seminar is to show that there is no separation between the Quran and the Bible, that reading the Quran with its biblical legacy helps us understand better the Quran and its message,” Azaiez said. Azaiez said two prominent Muslim intellectuals will give lectures this week as part of the seminar. Nayla Tabbara, director of cross-cultural studies for a Lebanese non-governmental organization dedicated to Muslim-Christian relations, will speak Thursday night about the Quran and the importance of interfaith dialogue at 7:30 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies. Iranian professor Maryam Mussharaf will lecture Friday about mystical commentary on the Quran at 5 p.m. in McKenna Hall. Azaiez said he anticipates the seminar will positively change students’ perceptions of the Quran and of the Islamic community. “It is the possibility to learn from main leaders of Islamic thought today, to maybe be interested and discover more about the Islamic world and its culture,” Azaiez said. “I think it will be an occasion to improve the [students’] knowledge and hopefully break false representations of this world.” Moving forward, Azaiez said he hopes the efforts of the Quran Seminar project will encourage more scholars and students to offer their own respectful interpretations of the text, showcasing the pluralism of contemporary Quranic thought. “We hope this is the beginning of a project that will give ideas for Muslims and non-Muslims to continue in the same way our rich approach to the Quran,” Azaiez said.
By Dialogo June 06, 2012 Colombian authorities seized around 2.5 tons of cocaine on June 4, in an operation that had U.S. collaboration, President Juan Manuel Santos announced. The president did not offer further details about the operation, although he noted that drug trafficking “is a good part of what nourishes criminal gangs, crime” in the country. A Colombian Navy spokesperson indicated that information about this case would be provided later and added only that arrests were probably made. Santos also congratulated the Navy and the Police for the arrest of 16 alleged members of the ‘Los Urabeños’ criminal drug-trafficking group, in Santa Marta (in northeastern Colombia), and for another seizure of more than 300,000 dollars on a speedboat found 10 km off the island of San Andrés (in the Caribbean). Colombia is the largest producer of cocaine, with a potential of around 350 tons in 2010, almost equal to Peru, according to UN figures.
International Aileen Greenfield moved into the lead in the English senior women’s stroke play championship with a second round of level par 72 at Harpenden in Hertfordshire. She’s a stroke ahead of defending champion Jackie Foster and two-time winner Janet Melville, who moved up today with a score of one-under 71. The leaderboard is tightly packed at the top and every one of the top eight players have represented England, with the leaders being chased by Julie Brown, Helen Lowe, Karen Jobling, Felicity Christine and Amanda Mayne. Greenfield (pictured top), from Pyecombe in Sussex, made her senior debut in this championship two years ago and has never been out of contention. So far she’s finished runner-up twice and in May she was also runner-up in the English senior amateur. Today she improved on her opening score by five shots, covering the first ten holes in three-under par. She didn’t drop a shot until the 13th and although she finished with a pair of bogeys she was happy when she left the course. “It wasn’t quite there yesterday, but my ball striking was better today, I hit it close a few times and holed some nice putts,” she said. The second round of the championship was again played in stifling heat. Greenfield countered the conditions with a large, wet towel round her shoulders while Melville (Royal Birkdale) had an asset in the shape of her caddy and fiancé Tony Davies. He’s a tennis player, who captained the Lancashire over 50s last year, and as Melville (pictured left) commented: “He’s used to the heat and he kept me going with water and food. It was good.” She was one-under to the turn and came home in level par, collecting four birdies in her round. “I was a bit shaky at the start but I holed a good putt for par on the second and then birdied the third which got me going. I hit the ball well yesterday but didn’t hole anything.” Melville has enjoyed an outstanding amateur career, collecting three British titles, and later this season will captain the England girls’ team at their Home Internationals. She last held the role when she was 20 and her winning side included Laura Davies and Trish Johnson. Jackie Foster was among the day’s early starters and took advantage of the slightly cooler conditions to shape her second 75. She had a ‘silly seven’ on the 6th but the double bogey was her only real blemish and she remarked: “I putted well today and I’m really happy with two 75s.” Overnight leader Felicity Christine (Woking) dropped back slightly with her second round 78 and now shares sixth place with Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling (Richmond). After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 45 players and ties with a total of 46 players qualifying for tomorrow’s final round. They include Harpenden members Cathy Gosling and Rhona Finch. Click here for full scores Images copyright Leaderboard Photography 21 Jun 2017 Aileen edges ahead in senior championship